“Claiming My Gender”

Part summer camp for kids, part support and learning weekend for parents, part peer support and education for teens, the Gender Spectrum Conference is the oldest and largest conference in the U.S. exclusively  for families with Transgender, Non-binary and Gender-expansive children and youth. The Conference weekend is preceded by a day-long Professionals’ Symposium where youth-serving professionals come together to discuss the most up-to-date information and best practices for serving gender-expansive children and youth.

For 2018, the theme of both events is “Claiming My Gender.” At its core, this theme speaks to the way individuals make sense of their personal gender and other aspects of who they are. Workshops will recognize that many aspects of identity–including race, religion, socioeconomic status, language and other factors–influence everyone’s  experience of gender, and that beyond naming these intersections, people are claiming their gender with a wide diversity of strategies to navigate and find congruence in these aspects of their lives.

The Gender Spectrum Conference will provide attendees the opportunity to explore how gender fits into their lives and the lives of children and teens. Workshops will incorporate discussions, writing, research, the arts, and more. Parents and family members will deepen their knowledge and understanding of gender and related issues and learn how they can best support the children and youth in their lives  in their gender journeys.

For more on the Professionals’ Symposium, click here.

Gender Spectrum Conference
Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8

The 2018 Gender Spectrum Conference and Youth Programs will take place on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA.

Here is what parents and teens say about the Gender Spectrum Conference.

Our weekend program for parents, teens, children and the caring adults in their lives is an unforgettable experience for all. The 2018 program will include an exciting slate of workshops, programs for children and youth from infants to high-schoolers, and opportunities to connect with new friends.

2017’s Conference program featured a variety of topics, for a complete look at last year’s program, click here for the 2017 Conference schedule.

We will have many new offerings in 2018. Check this page often for updates on programs, scheduling, logistics and more.

Gender Spectrum Professionals’ Symposium
Friday, July 6

The Professionals’ Symposium will take place on Friday July 6 at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA.

Here is what professionals say about the Symposium.

The Professionals’ Symposium is designed for professionals who serve transgender, non-binary, and otherwise gender-expansive youth and/or their families. Participants engage in programming and acquire resources designed to build their capacity to support families and young people around issues of gender.

Workshops are organized around a variety of disciplines – education, medicine, the law, mental health/counseling, social services, and child welfare. In addition, a number of workshops focus on a range of interdisciplinary topics including how the intersection of gender and race, religion, class, and other aspects of identity impact a young person’s gender experience.

We will offer workshops for those just beginning in the field of gender-affirmative care as well as a number of in-depth sessions and advanced topics for even the most experienced professionals. Workshops will be specifically labelled as “entry level” or “advanced,” in order to better support participants wherever they are along their own learning curve. There are also opportunities to meet with colleagues and develop new relationships to help strengthen your work with youth and their families.

Some of our popular workshop sessions from past years included The Biology of Gender: Emerging Understandings, Creating Gender Inclusive Schools, and Supporting the Sphere: Exploring Medical and Mental Health Options for Non-Binary Individuals, and others. For a complete look at least year’s program, click here for the 2017 Symposium schedule

We hope you will join us for this full day of learning dedicated to helping the young people we support to effectively navigate their world. The program, schedule, logistics and more for the event will be posted on this page later this spring.